The Buccaneers brought two defensive ends to One Buccaneer Place for tryouts on Monday, one day after Adrian Clayborn was lost for the season to a knee injury. Turns out, they liked them both.
One of those two, sixth-year veteran Jeff Charleston, was signed to the active roster on Wednesday. The other, rookie Kendrick Adams, has now been added to the practice squad. The Bucs announced that second move on Thursday, releasing guard Julian Vandervelde to make room on the eight-man crew.
Practice squad players are not eligible to play in games, but they do help a team’s depth on the practice field, where they can also eventually perform their way onto the active roster. Thus, it is common for a practice squad to ebb and flow in terms of the positions it is stocked with, as teams react to roster shortages due to injuries.
The 6-5, 255-pound Adams played his last two seasons of college ball at LSU and signed with the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent this spring. After two years at a junior college in Mississippi, he joined the Tigers and started in 2010 and 2011, contributing 49 tackles, four sacks, nine tackles for loss and one forced fumble.
Vandervelde joined the Bucs as a waiver claim in September, just after the final roster cuts. He was subsequently released and signed to the practice squad.